Suppose That You Were Engaged In Biotechnology, Or Genetic Engineering; What Environmental Safeguard Would You Impose On Your Own Research? Are There Experiments That Would Be Ethically Off-limits For You?


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For those engaged with Biotechnology and/or Genetic Engineering there are a number of environmental safeguards that need to be put in place when carrying out research. For instance, using radioactivity to carry out tests and research can cause problems to living cells and organisms in the surrounding areas. Although it can be very useful in pinpointing specific molecules within cell systems for example, there are many environmental problems attached to using radioactivity.
There are also a number of reagents used in biotechnological experiments involved in cloning for example. These products can have lethal consequences for many living creatures if they are not used or disposed of properly.
One of the experiments that has always raised concerns among religious groups and other ethnic groups is cloning. In terms of ethnics and moral values, cloning another animal can be regarded as unnatural and against what should happen under normal circumstances. Some groups feel that if biotechnologists or genetic engineers were go on to clone a human being this would be fundamentally wrong for the human race.
Some critics see cloning as a way of ‘playing God’ as it is a means of interfering with the natural order of the ecosystem and the natural environment. Using the science and genetic know how to design the ‘perfect’ baby in a lab is also considered to be morally wrong. Indeed, one fertility expert working at a hospital in Liverpool, UK has been accused of helping patients select the sex of their baby. This story can be found at the following link: Cloning is always going to be an area that divides people due to the moral and the ethical implications it has. Although, cloning food may even be considered as a way of dealing with any food shortages in the future due to global warming or a growing population due to extended life expectancy.

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